What to expect to pay for each element of the wedding

Reception:

Venue and rentals $2000-$40,000

Food and service $5-$35 per person

Beverages $2-$10 per person (if you serve alcohol)

Cake $250-$1000

 

Attire:

Gown and alterations $500-$10000

Headpiece and veil $75-$250

Bridal accessories $50-$200

Hair and makeup $150-$500

Groom’s tux or suit $100-$350

Groom’s accessories $50-$100

 

Flowers and Decorations:

Floral arrangements for ceremony  $25/ arrangement or $500

Flower girl’s buds and basket $75

Ring pillow $25

Bride’s bouquet $150

Bridesmaids’ bouquets $150

Boutonnieres $50

Corsages $150

Reception decorations  $500-$1500

Lighting $300-$800

 

Music:

 

Ceremony musicians $250

Cocktail-hour musicians $250

Reception band, deejay, or entertainment $200-$1000

Sound-system or dance-floor rental $450-$800

 

Photographs and Video:

 

Photography $1500-$5000

Videography $3000-$8000

Additional prints and albums $500

 

Favors and Gifts:

 

Welcome gifts for out-of-town guests $50 each

Bridal-party gifts $25 each

 

Ceremony:

 

Site fee free-$300

Officiant fee or church donation $100-$450

 

Stationery

Save-the-date cards  $0.60/each-$3 each

Invitations and RSVPs $1-$4.50 each

Programs $0.20-1.50 each

Seating and place cards $0.20-2.00 each

Menu cards $0.50 each

Thank-you notes $0.50-$1.50 each

Postage $0.40 more for irregular shaped items per item sent

 

Wedding Rings

Bride’s ring $1500-$4000 (or much higher)

Groom’s ring $200-$400

 

Transportation

Limousine or car rental for bride and groom $75/hr

Limousine or car rental for bridal party $80/hr

Transportation for out-of-town guests

Valet parking $400 plus gratuities

 

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